Whether you’ve spent this week making a hurricane preparation list or are still wondering how serious the storm will really be, here are a few extra pro tips worth considering before Hurricane Ian swipes by Florida. (P.S. You can stay up-to-date on the latest news about the storm here.)
🤝 Remember your neighbor
From a simple exchange of phone numbers + information to grouping your resources for a community hurricane party, working with others can help keep everyone safe.
🧠 Take care of your mental health
We know hurricanes can bring out a lot of emotions. Stress, fear, and anxiety are very common. If you need to talk to someone, call Peace River’s 24/7 hotline (863-204-3443) for emotional support.
📦 Be resourceful
Think outside of the box on ways to prepare, survive, and recover from a hurricane. In other words, outsmart the stress.
💸 Finesse your finances
Spending money to prepare for a disaster can be taxing, no doubt. Make sure to plan ahead, list your priorities + try not to go over a set budget.
📱 Stay in the know
Sign up to receive local emergency notifications from Alert Polk to stay informed on important weather updates. Download one of these apps for even more information.
⚡ Have safety smarts
When running generators, propane tanks, or camping stoves, make sure to use proper safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
🐈 Protect your pets
It’s always best to make sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations and have current license + microchips. But if you’re unsure, take photos of your pets for easier identification. And if an evacuation order is issued, seek pet-friendly hotels + open shelters.
🧳 Really though, be prepared
Not sure if you’re entirely prepared for the ‘cane? Take a look at our checklist for more pro tips.